Justin Hughes

Professor of Law


B.A., 1982, Oberlin College

J.D., 1986, Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property
International Trade Law
Internet Law



Justin Hughes teaches intellectual property, international trade, and internet law at Cardozo, where students selected him for best professor awards in 2000, 2006, 2009, and 2010. He was director of the Cardozo Intellectual Property & Information Law Program from 2004 through 2008; he is the founder and faculty director of the law school's Indie Film Clinic, the first of its kind.


Since November 2009, Professor Hughes has also served as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. In that capacity he leads many of the United States' delegations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


Before joining academia, Professor Hughes did intellectual property policy in the Clinton Administration. He also practiced law in Paris and Los Angeles. As a Henry Luce Scholar, he clerked for the Lord President of the Malaysian Supreme Court in Kuala Lumpur.


In the 1990s, Professor Hughes did volunteer work in democracy development in Latin America, west Africa, and the Balkans, including serving as deputy producer for the first televised presidential debates in Bosnia (1998) following the Dayton Peace Accords. From 2005 to 2009, he served as chairman of the Technicolor/Thomson Foundation for Film and Television Heritage, headquartered in Paris.


Professor Hughes is the author of several articles on intellectual property, internet law, international arbitration, and linguistics. He was educated at Oberlin and Harvard.


Professor Hughes' website is at www.justinhughes.net.



"Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Expression, and the Siren's Call of Property." 49 San Diego Law Review 1215 (2013).


"The Photographer's Copyright - Photograph as Art, Photograph at Database" 25 Harvard Journal on Law & Technology 339 (2012).


"A Short History of 'Intellectual Property' in Relation to Copyright." 33 Cardozo Law Review 1293 (2012).